Participant Bios

Mansfield Committee on U.S.-Japan Relations

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Akiyama Nobumasa Associate Professor Hitotsubashi University and Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)
Arai Yusuke Minister-Counselor Embassy of Japan in Seoul
Michael Auslin Director of Japan StudiesAmerican Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Suzanne Basalla Senior Advisor to the AmbassadorU.S. Embassy, Tokyo
Ralph Cossa PresidentPacific Forum CSIS
Paige Cottingham-Streater Deputy Executive Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
L. Gordon Flake Executive Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Brad Glosserman Executive Director, Pacific Forum CSIS
Michael Green Senior Advisor and Japan Chair, CSIS, and Associate Professor,
Georgetown University
Hayashi Yoshimasa Member, House of CouncilorsLiberal Democratic Party
Frank Jannuzi Senior Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Kato Yoichi Senior Staff WriterAsahi Shimbun
Charles D. Lake II Chairman and Representative in Japan,Aflac Japan and
Vice Chairman, The Maureen and Mike
Mansfield Foundation
Amy E. Searight Senior Policy Advisor for Asia,
Serizawa Kiyoshi Director, Equipment Policy Division, Bureau of Finance and Equipment,
Ministry of Defense, Japan
Sheila A. Smith Senior Fellow for Japan StudiesCouncil on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Sugawa Kiyoshi Senior Researcher of the Policy Research Committee and SpecialResearcher of Cabinet SecretariatDemocratic Party Japan
Ueki Chikako Kawakatsu Professor, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University


Akiyama Nobumasa
Associate Professor, Hitotsubashi University
Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs 

Akiyama Nobumasa is an associate professor in the Graduate School of International Law at Hitotsubashi University and an adjunct research fellow for the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). He previously served as a senior research fellow at JIIA (2005-2007) and a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Law at Kyushu University (2005-2006). Dr. Akiyama’s publications include: “Fukuda Doctrine Revisited: Is There a Japanese Vision for Asian Regionalism?” in Aileen Baviera, ed, Regional Security in East Asia: Challenges to Cooperation and Confidence Building (The Asian Center Publication Office, University of the Philippines, 2008); and “Dynamics of Global-Regional Concerns on Proliferation: Who Should Be Responsible?” in N.S. Sisodia and A.K. Behuria, eds., West Asia in Turmoil: Implication for Global Security (New Delhi, Academic Foundation, 2007). Top

Arai Yusuke
Embassy of Japan in Seoul 

Arai Yusuke has been serving as minister-counselor, Embassy of Japan in Seoul since 2010. Prior to his post at the Embassy of Japan in Seoul, Mr. Arai was the senior coordinator for Japan-U.S. Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a position he has held since 2008. Joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990, Mr. Arai has held numerous positions in Tokyo and abroad.  His assignments in Tokyo have included: deputy director, UN Policy Second Middle East Division; principle assistant to Japan’s sherpa for the G8 Summit and APEC; and principle deputy director, First North America Division. He has been stationed abroad several times, including as the first secretary to the Japanese embassy in Russia, the Japanese embassy in Afghanistan, and the Japanese mission in Geneva. He holds an MA from the School of Foreign Affairs at Georgetown University. Mr. Arai received his BA in economics from Tokyo University. Top


Michael Auslin
Director of Japan Studies
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) 

Dr. Michael Auslin, AEI’s director of Japan studies, was an associate professor of history and senior research fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University prior to joining AEI. He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, and a Fulbright and Japan Foundation Scholar. His writings on Japan and Japanese diplomacy include the books Negotiating with Imperialism: The Unequal Treaties and the Culture of Japanese Diplomacy (Harvard University Press, 2006) and Japan Society: Celebrating a Century, 1907-2007 (Japan Society Gallery, 2007).  Dr. Auslin has a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MA from Indiana University at Bloomington, and a BSFS from Georgetown University. Top


Suzanne I. Basalla
Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador
U.S. Embassy, Tokyo

In March 2010, Suzanne Basalla assumed duties as senior advisor to Ambassador Roos in U.S. Embassy Tokyo. Previously, she was director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. (2006-2010).

Ms. Basalla had served as a country director for Japan in the Pentagon from 2004 until her promotion to director for Japan. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, she served as an officer in the United States Navy. In the Navy, her assignments included service on the staff of Commander, Seventh Fleet on board the USS BLUE RIDGE based in Yokosuka, Japan.  Other assignments include the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Joint Staff, where she served as a current intelligence briefer for Asia. Her first Navy assignment led her to Diego Garcia, where she provided support to the deployed Maritime Patrol Assets in the Indian Ocean littoral and Persian Gulf.

While in the Navy, Ms. Basalla became an Olmsted Scholar and spent from January 1997 through October 1998 as a visiting scholar at Keio University, where she studied China and U.S.-Japan-China relations. Previous to heading to Japan, she studied Japanese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.

Ms. Basalla received a Master’s degree in Asian studies from the George Washington University and graduated from the Naval War College. She received her commission through the University of Virginia’s Naval ROTC program, where she graduated with a BA in Asian Studies. In 2008, she received the inaugural Ryozo Kato Award for service to the U.S.-Japan Alliance. Top


Ralph A. Cossa
Pacific Forum CSIS 

Ralph A. Cossa is president of the Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu, a non-profit, foreign policy research institute affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He is senior editor of the Forum’s quarterly electronic journal, Comparative Connections. Mr. Cossa is the primary U.S. representative to the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Experts and Eminent Persons Group. He is a founding member and former international co-chair of the multinational track two (nongovernmental) Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), which links member committees from 21 Asia-Pacific countries. He co-chairs the CSCAP study group aimed at halting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Asia Pacific region and also serves as Executive Director of the U.S. Member Committee (USCSCAP). Top


Paige Cottingham-Streater
Deputy Executive Director
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation 

Paige Cottingham-Streater is deputy executive director of the Mansfield Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 1995 as director of the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, a congressionally mandated $2.2 million professional exchange for mid-level U.S. government employees. As the Foundation’s deputy executive director, Ms. Cottingham-Streater continues to direct the Fellowships and works with the executive director on the Foundation’s administration and strategic direction.

Before joining the Mansfield Foundation, Ms. Cottingham-Streater was director for the U.S.-Japan Project at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C. In this capacity she supervised visiting scholars, conducted research on U.S.-Japan issues, managed the project’s budget and published the project’s newsletter. Previously, she served as counsel and legislative assistant in the office of Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), where she monitored legislative initiatives involving education, civil rights, law enforcement, labor, and financial and social policy. She was also a fellow on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), a staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and a law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service.

Ms. Cottingham-Streater is the recipient of the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in recognition of her longstanding work to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations. The award, made on March 31, 2004, commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between Japan and the United States.

Ms. Cottingham-Streater received her Juris Doctor from the National Law Center at George Washington University and is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in Government and Asian Studies. Ms. Cottingham-Streater has written articles for publications of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and she has spoken on U.S.-Japan relations at a number of conferences in the United States and Japan. Top


L. Gordon Flake
Executive Director
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation 

L. Gordon Flake joined the Mansfield Foundation in February 1999. He was previously a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and prior to that Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.

Mr. Flake is editor of the book Toward an Ideal Security State for Northeast Asia 2025 (Mansfield Foundation, September 2010) co-editor with Park Roh-byug of the book New Political Realities in Seoul: Working toward a Common Approach to Strengthen U.S.-Korean Relations (Mansfield Foundation, March 2008) and co-editor with Scott Snyder of the book Paved with Good Intentions: the NGO Experience in North Korea (Praeger, 2003). He has authored numerous book chapters on policy issues in Asia and is a regular contributor to the U.S. and Asian press. He is a regular contributor on Korea issues in the U.S. and Asian press and has traveled to North Korea numerous times.  He is a member of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies and serves on the Board of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) as well as on the Board of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America.

Mr. Flake was born in Rehoboth, New Mexico. He received his BA degree in Korean with a minor in international relations from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He completed his MA at the David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies, also at B.Y.U. He speaks both fluent Korean and Laotian. Top


Michael J. Green
Senior Adviser and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic & International Studies
Associate Professor, Georgetown University 

Dr. Michael Green is a senior adviser and holds the Japan Chair at CSIS, as well as being an associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University. He previously served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), from January 2004 to December 2005, after joining the NSC in April 2001 as director of Asian affairs with responsibility for Japan, Korea, and Australia/New Zealand. His current research and writing is focused on Asian regional architecture, Japanese politics, U.S. foreign policy history, the Korean peninsula, Tibet, Burma, and U.S.-India relations.

Dr. Green speaks fluent Japanese and spent over five years in Japan working as a staff member of the National Diet, as a journalist for Japanese and American newspapers, and as a consultant for U.S. business. He has also been on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and a senior adviser to the Office of Asia-Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

He graduated from Kenyon College with highest honors in history in 1983 and received his MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS in 1987 and his PhD in 1994. He also did graduate work at Tokyo University as a Fulbright fellow and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a research associate of the MIT-Japan Program. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Aspen Strategy Group. He is also vice chair of the congressionally mandated Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and serves on the advisory boards of the Center for a New American Security and Australian American Leadership Dialogue and the editorial board of The Washington Quarterly. Top


Hayashi Yoshimasa
Member, House of Councillors
Liberal Democratic Party

Hayashi Yoshimasa is a member of the House of Councillors. He has served as Minister of Defense, State Secretary for Finance, and Senior Vice Minister for the Cabinet Office. In the House of Councillors, he was director of the Special Committee on Revitalization of the Economy and Matters relating to Small and Medium Enterprises, Standing Committee on Budget, Standing Committee on Financial Affairs, and Committee on Rules and Administration. He has also been chairman of the Special Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense and the Special Committee on Official Development Assistance and Related Matters. Within the Liberal Democratic Party in the House of Councillors, Mr. Hayashi has been Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Director of the International Bureau. Within the Liberal Democratic Party, he was deputy chairman of the Policy Research Council from 2003-2008.

Mr. Hayashi holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Top


Frank Jannuzi
Senior Professional Staff Member
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 

Frank Jannuzi serves as the East Asia specialist for the minority staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As chief advisor for the region stretching from Japan to Australia, including Indochina and archipelagic Southeast Asia, his responsibilities include the entire range of security, political, economic, law enforcement, and human rights issues. Mr. Jannuzi reports to Senator John Kerry (D-MA), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, advising him on policy options, drafting legislation authorizing U.S. diplomatic operations, security assistance, and foreign aid, and representing Senator Kerry in discussions with the American public as well as with foreign government officials and the media.

From 1989-1997, Mr. Jannuzi worked as the East Asia regional political-military analyst for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), U.S. Department of State. His portfolio at INR included a variety of regional security issues, including the Korean Peninsula, China’s defense modernization, and territorial disputes in the South China Sea and Kuril Islands. Mr. Jannuzi was the founding editor-in-chief of Peacekeeping Perspectives, the State Department’s classified journal on multilateral peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

Mr. Jannuzi holds a BA in history from Yale University and a MPP with a concentration in international affairs and security from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He conducted his International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., at the Institute for International Policy Studies and Keio University. Top


Kato Yoichi
Senior Staff Writer
The Asahi Shimbun 

Kato Yoichi is the senior staff writer at the Asahi Shimbun. Formerly diplomatic and national security correspondent at Asahi, he was responsible for in-depth coverage of Japan’s diplomacy and defense issues. Mr. Kato was the bureau chief of Asahi’s American General Bureau in Washington, D.C. from 2005 to 2009, where he covered the presidential election of 2008 and interviewed the president of the United States, George W. Bush, in 2008. Prior to this assignment, he was national security correspondent at Asahi’s Tokyo head office and reported extensively on security issues in the Asia Pacific region.  In this capacity he interviewed a number of high ranking government officials in various countries, including the president of Taiwan, Chen Shui Bian.

He was deputy editor of both the political and foreign news department from 2002 to 2004 in Tokyo.  From 2001 to 2002 he was a visiting research fellow at both the Institute for National Strategic Studies/ National Defense University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

His area of expertise is the national security strategy of Japan and its alliance with the United States.  Prior to the research position, he had been Asahi’s Washington political correspondent for three years starting in 1998.  Mr. Kato’s areas of responsibility included Japan-U.S. security relations and domestic politics of the United States.  As a political correspondent in Washington, Mr. Kato covered all of the major American domestic political events, from the Clinton impeachment to the presidential elections of 2000.  He has appeared on numerous American news programs – including CNN, ABC’s Nightline, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and C-SPAN – to provide a Japanese perspective on the political events occurring in the United States.  In the realm of national security, Mr. Kato interviewed former secretary of defense William Cohen three times, and accompanied the secretary on several trips to Asia.  He has spoken several times on Japan’s national security strategy at the National War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Naval Postgraduate School.

Before he was assigned to Washington, D.C., Mr. Kato extensively covered Japanese politics and government policies, specializing in the area of national security as a staff writer in the Political News Department.  In 1991, he completed internships at the Washington, D.C. bureau of The Baltimore Sun and in Florida with the St. Petersburg Times.  That year he also earned his MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  Prior to joining the Asahi Shimbun, Mr. Kato graduated from Tokyo University for Foreign Studies in 1981.

His recent works include “Return from 9/11 PTSD to Global Leader” The Washington Quarterly, Volume 31 Number 4 (Autumn 2008). Top


Charles D. Lake II
Chairman and Representative in Japan
Aflac Japan 

Charles Lake is Chairman and Representative in Japan of Aflac Japan. In these capacities, he is responsible for external relations, strategic initiatives, and public policy for Aflac’s operations in Japan.  Mr. Lake has also been responsible for all of Aflac Japan’s operations as Deputy President, President, and Representative in Japan.  Prior to joining Aflac, Mr. Lake practiced law in Washington D.C., handling matters in the areas of international trade, competition policy, international litigation, and corporate compliance.  From 1990-1994, Mr. Lake served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in the Executive Office of the President, departing as Director of Japan Affairs and Special Counsel.

Mr. Lake serves as Vice Chairman of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the U.S.-Japan Business Council, and as a director on the board of the Tokyo Stock Exchange Group, Inc.  He is also a President Emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, International Committee Chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers, and a board member of the Coalition of Service Industries.  Mr. Lake serves as a member of the advisory board for the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, is a trustee of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), and is a member of the Antimonopoly Study Group of the Japan Fair Trade Commission.

Mr. Lake received a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies and political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1985 and a juris doctor degree from the George Washington University School of Law in 1990.  He was a graduate research fellow at the University of Tokyo and completed the Stanford Executive Program (SEP) at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Top


Amy Searight
Senior Policy Advisor for AsiaUSAID

Amy Searight has been serving as the Senior Policy Advisor for Asia at USAID since late 2010. Prior to her post with USAID, Ms. Searight served as an adjunct fellow with the Japan Chair at CSIS and adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Her research and teaching focus on Asian regionalism, Japanese politics, and international trade and financial relations. Dr. Searight served in the U.S. Department of State on the Policy Planning Staff, where she helped formulate U.S. regional policy toward Asia, and as special adviser to the U.S. ambassador for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

She received her PhD in political science from Stanford University and has been a faculty member at Northwestern University, a research fellow at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at the Institute of Monetary and Fiscal Policy at the Ministry of Finance in Japan, and a vice president at Stonebridge International, a strategic advising firm. Top


Serizawa Kiyoshi
Director, Equipment Policy Division, Bureau of Finance and Equipment
Ministry of Defense 

Serizawa Kiyoshi is the director of the EquipmentPolicy Division, Bureau of Finance and Equipment at the Ministry of Defense. He previously served as the Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation Division of the Bureau of Defense Policy at the Ministry of Defense from 2007 until he came to his current post in 2010.

As a part of the Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation Division, Mr. Serizawa was a contributor to the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis report “Realigning Priorities, the U.S.-Japan Alliance & the Future of Extended Deterrence”. Prior to this Mr. Serizawa served as director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during which time he was involved in several international disarmament programs, including the Youth Ambassadors for Disarmament, part of Peace Boat’s 50th voyage. Most recently, in December of 2010, Mr. Serizawa participated in the U.S.-Japan Council’s “The Road Ahead to U.S.-Japan Collaboration in the Asia-Pacific Region” program. Mr. Serizawa graduated from Tokyo University School of Law in 1984. Top


Sheila A. Smith
Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
Council on Foreign Relations 

Dr. Sheila A. Smith, an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, is senior fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Dr. Smith directed CFR’s New Regional Security Architecture for Asia Program and currently leads a project on “China and India as Emerging Powers: Challenge or Opportunity for the United States and Japan?” She also writes for the blog, Asia Unbound.

Dr. Smith joined CFR from the East-West Center in 2007, where she specialized in Asia-Pacific international relations and U.S. policy toward Asia. She was also recently affiliated with Keio University in Tokyo, where she researched and wrote on Japan’s foreign policy toward China and the Northeast Asian region on an Abe Fellowship. From 2004 to 2007, she directed a multinational research team in a cross-national study of the domestic politics of the U.S. military presence in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Prior to joining the East-West Center, Dr. Smith was on the faculty of the Department of International Relations at Boston University (1994-2000), and on the staff of the Social Science Research Council (1992-1993). She has been a visiting researcher at two leading Japanese foreign and security policy think tanks, the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Research Institute for Peace and Security, and at the University of Tokyo and the University of the Ryukyus. Dr. Smith earned her and MA and PhD degrees from the Department of Political Science at Columbia University.

Among Dr. Smith’s publications are: “Shifting Terrain: The Domestic Politics of the U.S. Military in Asia”, East-West Center Special Report No. 8 (East-West Center, 2006), “A Place Apart: Okinawa in Japan’s Postwar Peace” in Partnership: The United States and Japan, 1951-2001 (Kodansha International, 2001); and “Local Voices, National Issues: Local Initiative in Japanese Policymaking (University of Michigan Press, 2000)”. She previously served on the editorial board of the Contemporary Issues of Asia Pacific, a book series published by Stanford University Press and the East-West Center. She is a trustee for the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC, and an executive committee member for the National Association of Japan-America Societies. Top


Sugawa Kiyoshi
Senior Researcher of the Policy Research Committee & Special Researcher of Cabinet Secretariat
Democratic Party Japan 

Sugawa Kiyoshi is currently senior researcher of the Democratic Party of Japan’s Policy Research Committee and the special researcher of the Cabinet Secretariat within the Office of the Prime Minister.  Mr. Sugawa has served also as deputy director in the same office.

Prior to his time in the DPJ, Mr. Sugawa held several upper management positions with Sumitomo Bank, Ltd. During this period he spent time in Singapore and Chicago as branch vice president, and in the Tokyo headquarters as vice president of the Treasury Department.

Mr. Sugawa was a visiting fellow at the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution, in 1999. He has published several academic works including “Gaiko-ryoku wo Kitaeru (Strengthening Japan’s Diplomatic Power).” He received his MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago in 1996 and his BA in Political Science from Waseda University in 1983. Top


Ueki Chikako Kawakatsu
Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies
Waseda University 

Ueki Chikako Kawakatsu is currently a professor at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), at Waseda University specializing in international relations and security studies. Prior to joining GSAPS, Dr. Ueki was a staff writer and political correspondent for the Asahi Shimbun, visiting scholar at the Institute of International Relations at Peking University, and senior research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies. Dr. Ueki’s publications include: “China: In Search of New Thinking,” in the East Asia Strategic Review (NIDS, 2004); and “International Structural Change and Japan-U.S.-China Relations: The Importance of a Policy of Liberal-Deterrence,” in International Affairs (Kokusai Mondai), Vol. 586 (November 2009) (in Japanese).

Dr. Ueki received her PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2007 she was the winner of the Lucian Pye Award for best dissertation in political science, “The Rise of China Threat Arguments.” Top

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